According to the Pentagon, Russia is deliberately launching cruise missiles without nuclear warheads at targets in Ukraine to try to deplete the reserves of Ukrainian air defense.
The official who communicated with Reuters on condition of anonymity, asked about the British intelligence assessment of November 26. It stated that Russia could remove nuclear warheads from cruise missiles and use them to strike Ukraine.
“This is certainly what they are trying to do to mitigate the impact of the air defense systems used by the Ukrainians,” the Pentagon representative replied.
The US Department of Defense believes that Russia’s massive missile strikes on Ukraine are partly aimed at depleting the reserves of Ukrainian air defense and ultimately achieving dominance in the sky.
For this reason, the United States and other allies have focused on providing Ukraine with air defenses, from antiquated Soviet-era systems to more modern Western ones.
A senior US defense official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity at a briefing on Tuesday, acknowledged that the US is considering transferring Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine.
As you know, the USA has already provided Ukraine with a number of air defense equipment, including NASAMS air defense systems, as well as more than 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems and counter-artillery and air surveillance radars.